Saturday, August 23, 2008

Miracle rained out, Rock Cats slip by Aeros

New Britain Rock Cats

Friday's game between the Fort Myers Miracle and the Lakeland Flying Tigers has been postponed. The two teams will attempt to play a doubleheader on Wednesday, in Fort Myers, beginning at 5:05 PM.

Thundershowers through out the day made field at Joker Marchant Stadium unplayable.

The Miracle now travel to Clearwater although I'm sure they'd find place called "clear weather" more to their liking. The three-contest set against the Thresher is their last road series of the regular season. Lefty Spencer Steedley (1-3, 7.83) will take the start against Threshers right hander Drew Naylor (2-7, 5.63).

Akron 2 at New Britain 3

W: K. Aselton (6-6, 4.78); L: R. Edell (6-8, 3.96); SV: R. Delaney (3)
HR: NBR: D. Winfree (19).

The New Britain Rock Cats took a one run lead over the Akron Aeros in the bottom of the fifth, and hung through 3 1/2 more innings to pick up a win at New Britain Stadium.

The top of the 4th saw the Indians AA farm team jump to a two run lead. Stephen Head singled on a line drive and Matthew Whitney doubled. Back-to-back singles to Bronson Sardinha and Damaso Espino brought in the pair of runners. Nathan Panther would move the pair left on base with a sac bunt, but Jarad Head popped out and Josh Rodriguez struck out to retire the side.

Kyle Aselton would work six innings for the Rock Cats, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a pair of walks while fanning 4 to pick up the win.

David Winfree doubled in the bottom of the inning. Following a strike out to Dustin Martin, Danny Berg would reach on a throwing error as Winfree advanced to 3rd. Toby Gardenhire would go down on strikes, but Rocky Palacios singled to score Winfree.

With two outs on the board in the bottom of the fifth, Danny Valencia would double Aeros' starter Ryan Edell. Winfree then launched his 19th home run of the season over the center field wall to give the Rock Cats two more runs.

Zach Ward would work 1.1 innings of relief for the Cats, giving way to Jose Mijares in the top of the 8th. Mija would strike out Panther in the top of the 9th, but walked J-Head. Rodriguez struck out swinging as well. The Cats then put Rob Delaney on the mound for the final pitch, as he got Brandon Pinckney to fly out to pick up only his 3rd AA save.

Winfree finished up 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a pair of RBIs. Matt Tolbert, Steve Tolleson, Valencia, and Martin were all 1-for-4, Tolleson and Martin with doubles, Valencia with a double and a run. Palacios was 1-for-3, with a RBI.

The two teams rematch on Saturday for a 7:05 game.

Rock cats/OSC

* In Triple-A play, the Rochester Red Wings topped the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-1 at Frontier Field. Former Miracle Garrett Jones knocked his 21st home run of the season over the left field wall in the top of the 5th.

* Burlington again came way with a win against the Beloit Snappers, a 4-2 victory. Shooter Hunt surrendered all 4 runs on six hits and five (!) walks while fanning 3 over four innings. It was his 3rd loss in a Snappers Uniform. (Bees)

* Team USA gave up six runs in the 9th inning, leading to a 10-2 loss in Olympic play for the boys wearing the Red, White and Blue. This lands them in the bronze medal game against Japan, which is scheduled for 10:30 PM on Friday Night. (USA Baseball)

* The Jays clinched the their playoff berth by routing Tampa 11-0 on Friday. A.J. Wideman worked six innings for the Jays. Despite their playoff record against the Fort Myers Miracle, Dunedin has never won a FSL championship. (

* Danny Valencia, Steve Tolleson, Dustin Martin, Rob Delaney, Anthony Slama and Tim Lahey will all play for Red Wings' field manager Stan Cliburn in this year's Arizona Fall League. Cliburn was earlier named manager of the Twins affiliated Pheonix Desert Dogs.

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